May 22, 2013
Israeli Settler ‘Terrorists’ Put a ‘Price Tag’ on Eviction
Posted on Dec 29, 2011
Even Israel’s pro-settlement conservative government is unnerved by extremist settler gangs (Defense Minister Ehud Barak prefers to call them terrorists) who have attacked targets including mosques and Israel Defense Forces officers.
The young extremists are trying to pressure the government to leave intact their communities, which Israeli courts have found illegal, as the L.A. Times reports:
Some settlers have taken to using the words “price tag” to sign their work. The phrase was found sprayed onto overturned headstones in a Palestinian graveyard.
All Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory are considered illegal by most countries, but the vast majority of them have at least been authorized by the Israeli government. About 4,000 settlers out of 300,000, according to the Times’ count, have built without permission.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government has authorized expanded settlement construction despite pleas from Israel’s closest ally, the United States, and Palestinian negotiators. Despite this, he may be forced to tear down a few settlements, or, more likely, discover a way to legitimize them. —PZS
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